This is the first edition of the Nanny State Index, a league table of the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The Nanny State Index is an initiative from the European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER).
Christopher Snowdon is the head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His research focuses on lifestyle freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator Health blog and often appears on TV and radio discussing social and economic issues.
Snowdon’s work encompasses a diverse range of topics including ‘sin taxes’, state funding of charities, happiness economics, ‘public health’ regulation, gambling and the black market. Recent publications include ‘Drinking, Fast and Slow’, ‘The Proof of the Pudding: Denmark’s Fat Tax Fiasco’, ‘The Crack Cocaine of Gambling?’, ‘The Wages of Sin Taxes’, ‘Drinking in the Shadow Economy’, ‘Sock Puppets: How the government lobbies itself and why’ and ‘Closing Time: Who’s killing the British pub?’. He is also the author of ‘Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism’ (2015), ‘The Art of Suppression’ (2011), ‘The Spirit Level Delusion’ (2010) and ‘Velvet Glove, Iron Fist’ (2009).
Slovenia has entirely banned advertising on alcoholic drinks which are above 15% volume. Commercials for beer and wine, if below 15%, can only be broadcast on TV and radio between 9:30pm and 7am, and in cinema after 10 pm. No advertising of alcoholic products is permitted on billboards, whiteboards, or light signs within 300 metres of a school or kindergarten.
Cigarette vending machines are banned nationwide and food vending machines are banned in schools. As in the Netherlands, sealed smoking rooms are permitted in bars and restaurants but no waiter service is allowed in them.
E-cigarettes can be sold, advertised and used indoors.